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The World, The Flesh and Myself
In the heyday of the foreign correspondent, Michael Davidson traveled the globe and campaigned against oppression and injustice. He joined the Berlin communists against Hitler, crossed wartime Morocco in Arab disguise, and opposed the British authorities in Malaya and Cyprus. Twice sent to prison for his sexuality, he bravely wrote in 1962 Life Story Of A Lover Of Boys. ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published June 13th 1985 by Gay Men's Press
(first published January 1st 1962)
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Michael Davidson’s The World, the Flesh, and Myself (TWTFAM) is a conversational, introspective, and honest autobiography of a gay British journalist and layabout who travelled around the Eastern hemisphere during the first half of the 20th century. “I wasn't out for medals—I prayed only for a comfortable life.” However, like Wilde and Isherwood, Davidson was an unapologetic admirer of adolescent and young men and wrote longingly about the various adventures he shared with his loves and friends ...more
A curious history of gay life from the 1920's onwards, I love the details, its not all about sex but life and living and the struggles. This guy though was a very much a happy go lucky type person and everything seems to be an eye opener to him but there is sadness, tragedy, alot of laughs and a whole lot of drinking.
Born into an upper-middle-class family in Guernsey and educated at Lancing, Davidson joined the army in 1914. Being wounded in 1916, he became a newspaper reporter and a supporter of the Communist Party. He translated a number of anti-Nazi books. After having lived in Berlin in early to mid 1930s, he wrote newspaper articles to warn England against the full implications of Hitler's ideology, which ...moreMore about Michael Davidson...